It’s FA Cup fourth round weekend and getting us underway are east midlands rivals Derby and Leicester at Pride Park (kick-off 8.00pm).
Bragging rights and a place in the next round are the prizes on offer tonight, but realistically neither manager will be heartbroken if they lose the tie – just so long as they don’t have to go through a replay.
Derby sit just outside the play-off places in the Championship and the lure of Premier League riches is a more enticing proposition than a cut of the FA Cup prize money (depending on how far they get).
Leicester City on the other hand – Champions of England in 2016 – have found the going a little tough this time around. With only two wins in their last 10 games, the Foxes are closer to the relegation places than they are to the top and manager Claudio Ranieri will be keen to keep his players focus on their league form rather than succumb to the distraction of a Cup run.
Strangely for an FA Cup tie between local rivals – who haven’t been drawn together since the 1908/09 season, which The Rams won 2-nil, Derby still had tickets available on the day of the game. Maybe an armchair and a warm fire are more appealing than a plastic seat in the stands at Pride Park or maybe both teams and supporters see improving league position as the real goal for the season.
FA Cup fourth round: Derby County v Leicester City 7.30pm, BBC1